Wednesday, February 23, 2011

3400 gallons of frack water spilled in Lock Haven

SWISSDALE - The state Department of Environmental Protection confirmed this morning that 3,400 gallons of treated frack flowback water were spilled during Friday's tri-axle truck crash on the Coudersport Pike, near the "horseshoe curve."  "There were two things spilled ... 50 gallons of fuel and oil and 3,400 gallons of treated frack water," DEP spokesman Dan Spadoni said. "We have no information that any waterways were threatened by this. I don't think that's a concern."

The water truck is owned by A&A Construction of Clarence. The water was from a well drilled by Anadarko.  A&A has hired an environmental consultant, GEF, at the direction of DEP, to conduct an investigation, Spadoni said.  "That's part of it," he said. "We've already taken soil samples and have taken at least some private drinking water samples. We'll be following up today."  Spadoni said someone from the agency's Environmental Cleanup Program will be collecting more samples from private drinking water wells.  As far as any fines that may be instituted, Spadoni said that will be decided at a later date.  "Right now, we're focused on the site remediation," he said.

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